7 December 2017
By Rebecca Avery

BBC launches 'Own It' website to help under-12s navigate online risks #esafety #onlinesafety

The BBC have launched a new website to help 9-12 year-olds navigate "the day-to-day pressures and dilemmas of life online". The site, Own It, features video clips and content by presenters and vloggers talking about issues including cyberbullying, privacy and online safety.  The site is called ‘Own it’, because it’s there to help children and young people take control and be the 'boss' of their online lives, and to assist them in developing "confidence and resilience" when dealing with online dangers. The 'Own It' website is aimed at children and young people aged 9 to 12; an age group particularly affected by the day-to-day pressures and dilemmas of life online. The site offers young people practical guidance on what they say they want help with as well as  case studies, articles and discussion points. The site covers:
  • The basics
  • Take control
  • It's personal
  • Don't panic
  • About us
The website is being delivered in partnership with a  range of organisations in the field of child internet safety as well as expert advisors in the field. Schools may find it helpful to share the 'Own It' website directly with pupils such as via the school website or newsletters. Teachers may also find the content to be a useful stimulus for classroom discussions with KS2 and KS3 pupils, or for use within peer education work. In a speech to the Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester on the 6th December 2017, Lord Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC said: While children have the technological know-how to access websites and use social media, there is no  real evidence that their emotional development is any more advanced today than that of their grandparents. This gap makes young people vulnerable... ...Instead of thinking about how we might restrict children’s activities in the digital world, we need to focus on how we build a world that gives them freedom; that equips them with the skills they need to make the most of that freedom, and to express themselves in the digital world.